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  1. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    First of all, I watched a video about Taskwarrior, and obviously it is a quite powerful and capable system. And if it has a perfect mobile companion app, that is not the forte of Org mode yet:...

    First of all, I watched a video about Taskwarrior, and obviously it is a quite powerful and capable system. And if it has a perfect mobile companion app, that is not the forte of Org mode yet: Orgzly is great, and it getting there, but the emphasis is on the -ing. Still, tho, it does help me reproduce the most important part of my Org workflow on mobile. Also, the Unix environment is a great productive environment once you pin down a few key parts. Personally, I am sticking to Emacs because writing Elisp to extend it and write little bits of functions for my mundane tasks (e.g. I have a git commit message writer that fills parts of commit messages using some simple heuristics). But all of that is doable with Unix too, and if you can do it, vim is the best editor out there. For vim, this is, if not the bible, the best leaflet out there. After reading this, I used plain old vi productively, let alone vim.

    My Org setup is a port of my Bullet Journal workflow. The idea is that I have various kinds of things to manage: projects, that take a long time to complete and are composed of many steps; tasks, that are one-off tasks, like update cv, buy milk, etc. (tho I don't use org for stuff that mundane like shopping lists); recurring tasks, stuff that repeats, like posting the threads over at ~books, building emacs (I follow master); agenda, stuff that has a specific date, like appointments; payments, that have due dates; and lists, like long term shopping lists or lists of books. The knowledge of these categories comes from trying various systems to manage this information. And in the end I've come back to org mode to use a file, planner.org, that when collapsed looks like this:

    # -*- org-log-into-drawer: "log"; org-clock-into-drawer: "log"; -*-
    #+title: Planner
    #+todo: TODO(t!) CURRENT(c!) PAUSE(p@) | DONE(d!) CANCEL(x@)
    
    * howto
    * Tasks :tasks:
    * Recurring tasks
    * Agenda
    * Payments
    * Finance
    * Books [13%] [33/248]
    * Shopping [0/7]
    * Readings [0/3]
    

    So, here,

    • howto is instructions on how to use the setup
    • Tasks contain my tasks and projects (which are represented as tasks),
      • here, tasks are TODO items, if I am working on a task, it is changed to CURRENT, if it is to be hidden until later, it is set to PAUSE and always scheduled to appear for when I plan to check back on it
    • Recurring tasks contains TODO items with recurring timestamps (e.g. <2019-06-07 Cum +2w>), Org handles recurring them
    • Stuff in Agenda are TODO items that are either scheduled for some date or have a deadline on some date, here you find appointments, events, and long term stuff like exhibitions
    • Payments has TODO items with deadlines, and is specifically for bills and other recurring payments
    • Finance contains an Org mode table that contains a list of transactions to and from my bank account, and can calculate a sum
      • Tho I’ll switch to something like ledger for this
    • The rest are checkbox lists of stuff; Shopping has long term items like "buy a new phone" or "get an e-bike", Readings has "bible" and "Art through the ages" in it, which have been lingering for quite some while sadly

    This is combined with a custom agenda that is set up like this

    (setf
     org-agenda-custom-commands
     '(("p" "Planner"
        ((todo    "CURRENT" ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                             (org-agenda-overriding-header "* Current tasks")))
    
         (agenda  ""        ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                             (org-agenda-span 'day)
                             (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* Agenda")
                             (org-agenda-scheduled-leaders '("" "(x%2d) "))))
    
         ;; Current stuff is already displayed, no need to redisplay.
         (tags-todo "+tasks-TODO=\"CURRENT\"-TODO=\"PAUSE\""
                    ((org-agenda-files (gk-org-dir-files "planner.org"))
                     (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* TODOs")))
    
         (alltodo ""        ((org-agenda-files gk-org-project-agenda-files)
                             (org-agenda-overriding-header "\n* Issues")))))))
    

    Which gives me an agenda like this

    * Current tasks
      planner:    CURRENT tildes reading list [1/20]                           :tasks::
      planner:    CURRENT implement scissors                                   :tasks::
    
    * Agenda
    Saturday   25 May 2019
      planner:    (x 5)  TODO tildes profile scraper                           :tasks::
      planner:     2 d. ago:  TODO some payment TRY....
      planner:    In   2 d.:  TODO some other payment TRY....
    
    * TODOs
      planner:    TODO tildes WAYRC stats & book list                          :tasks::
      planner:    TODO tildes profile scraper                                  :tasks::
      planner:    TODO blog on python poetry tool                              :tasks::
    
    * Issues
      checkbookmarks:TODO Try to automatically replace rotten links with Wayback Machine links
      checkbookmarks:TODO Check FTP links too
      checkbookmarks:TODO Exclude search bookmarks (stuff with %s in it).
    

    (of course I’ve redacted some parts). Here, up top, I have my long term projects that sit there for long time. For example implementing scissors or my linguistics readings sit there, some have subordinate TODOs, some don’t. They are a reminder on what is going on. Any task can get CURRENT and appear up there, but I don’t do it for small tasks that won’t take longer than a single day to complete. Below, there is the agenda for today, which can show scheduled or deadlined stuff. Below that, there is the list of TODOs, which are to be considered for making CURRENT or PAUSE. PAUSEd stuff don’t appear on the agenda, and are to be reviewed when they appear on Agenda on the day they are scheduled. They they are either rescheduled, or made CURRENT, or made TODO, or CANCELled. Below that there is the Issues section, which contains TODOs from Readme.org files I put into projects (tho I am migrating to Gitlab issue tracker for public stuff).

    When a task is done, it is marked DONE, and it will no longer appear in the agenda, tho it will remain in the planner.org file. If it is marked CANCEL, similarly, but I’m prompted to write a note when I mark something so, and when I look back at it, I know I actually did not complete the task.

    On mobile, i.e. Android, I have Orgzly installed, and I sync my Org directory two ways with Syncthing. There are two Orgzly widgets on my main screen, one of which shows the CURRENT items up top, and the second shows today’s agenda below it. There are two main limitations currently: multiple searches can’t be combined into one widget, which means giving up some screen real estate; and Orgzly does not sync stuff automatically, even when I interact with the widget, so I should manually sync at times, which is easy, but inconvenient. Besides, I have shortcuts for Instapaper, Book Reader, p!n and the alarm clock. Here I use the widgets like the agenda view.

    Besides all that, there is a file called start.org which is my dashboard (many Org mode links to remotes and searches and folders) and notepad (i.e. random notes go here and then get classified as fit), and notes.org, which contains all sorts of notes since time immemorial.

    BTW p!n is a wonderful FOSS Android app which lets you add custom notifications which you can use as notes. I use it to do my shopping lists so that I can view and delete them without having to unlock the screen. I only recently found this, and god it is a life saver.

    So, this is my setup. Ask me whatever you like! Hope this is useful!

    Edit: these are the searches I use in Orgzly: "Current" i.current b.planner and "Today's agenda" .it.done ad.1 b.planner.

    2 votes
  2. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

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    [offtopic] Hey, @Bauke and @Algernon_Asimov, thanks for fixing the tags on these topics retroactively and consistently, I've adopted the new tags into my posting process and use them from now on.

    [offtopic]

    Hey, @Bauke and @Algernon_Asimov, thanks for fixing the tags on these topics retroactively and consistently, I've adopted the new tags into my posting process and use them from now on.

    1 vote
  3. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

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    FWIW I had to post my thread on Wednesday this time round, instead of Friday, yet the participation was totally normal. A single data point, tho. Cc: @hungariantoast, @Algernon_Asimov

    FWIW I had to post my thread on Wednesday this time round, instead of Friday, yet the participation was totally normal. A single data point, tho.

    Cc: @hungariantoast, @Algernon_Asimov

    2 votes
  4. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    cadadr Link Parent
    They propose, we discuss, all in public. If someone's convinced, great, if noone's convinced, I keep doing it my ways, and the proposer can start something new, and I'd go participate there too if...

    They propose, we discuss, all in public. If someone's convinced, great, if noone's convinced, I keep doing it my ways, and the proposer can start something new, and I'd go participate there too if it is interesting to me.

    If a large portion of the community wants something I can't do by myself, then either someone that can takes over the task from me, or someone steps up to help and we divide and conquer.

    3 votes
  5. Comment on A basic wiki system is now available for groups in ~tildes.official

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    I'd love to have some superpowers too! So far I have been lazy and let holy spirits handle updating the wiki list of "what are you reading" threads. Also I want to make a list of books mentioned,...

    I'd love to have some superpowers too! So far I have been lazy and let holy spirits handle updating the wiki list of "what are you reading" threads. Also I want to make a list of books mentioned, and the wiki would be the best place for that, wouldn't it!

    Great feature anyways, thanks a lot!

    3 votes
  6. Comment on What is a fork, really, and how GitHub changed its meaning in ~tech

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    I am not a fan of fork/PR work flow. Why not just stick a series of commits there, or jus allow that as an alternative way to make a PR? IIRC, Gitlab allows to create PRs with email, which is...

    I am not a fan of fork/PR work flow. Why not just stick a series of commits there, or jus allow that as an alternative way to make a PR? IIRC, Gitlab allows to create PRs with email, which is nice. Github is way too limited in that regard.

    2 votes
  7. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    cadadr Link Parent
    I am in total disagreement with this personally. The threads I do, I do them for the community. If they didn't post, what are these worth? I could as well jus post what I am reading as a topic and...

    I am in total disagreement with this personally. The threads I do, I do them for the community. If they didn't post, what are these worth? I could as well jus post what I am reading as a topic and be done with it. But it is not about me. In fact, at a certain point I will be transferring the responsibility of posting these to someone else (not soon tho, I enjoy posting them).

    If I am unable to create an optimal, welcoming experience, that would means I am spending my time useless, and I would stop. We are not definitely slaves to the community, but their input is just as important as our ideas in creating something optimal and inclusive. The more people get a chance to talk about their reading, the better. I like that in multiple occasiond people hahe stated this has been a major input for their reading, and I hope it encourages people to read more.

    If everyone started their own similar features, then we'd have an unproductive chaos where multiple similar threads run concurrently and people wouldn't know where to post stuff, where to find stuff, and threads not getting maximum attention, discouraging the posters. Instead, threads like these should be more informal, cosy places where we get to express ourselves rather than our ideas or arguments, so a freedom from weird useless competition in this already small community is not productive. The best way to ensure the health of these is then to make these belong to the community. Also because in a way they essentially do already.

    6 votes
  8. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

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    My mom had a thyroidectomy yesterday, so this weekend we'll be taking care of her. It will take around a week for her to recover. We'll also forbid her smoking. Turns out she's been hiding a lot...

    My mom had a thyroidectomy yesterday, so this weekend we'll be taking care of her. It will take around a week for her to recover. We'll also forbid her smoking. Turns out she's been hiding a lot of shit from us, she gotta stop it just right away, the doctor told me and my brother yesterday. Fun time a' coming... But at least the operation went smoothly and she is okay. She will have trouble speaking for a few days tho, which is great news: some incentives for her to quit smoking.

    In other news, as I was waiting while mom was in the operating room, I learned that I passed my ALES exam, so all that remains for my MA qualification is being picked as one of the lucky ten guys from among the fifteen remaining candidates after the preliminaries. So I have exactly 2/3 chance of making it.

    3 votes
  9. Comment on What are you doing this weekend? in ~talk

    cadadr Link Parent
    Have you ever considered Org mode? Mobile is a problem but currently I have a nice workflow with two Orgzly widgets now, where I am replicating my bullet journal ways. If you want, I can expand on...

    Have you ever considered Org mode? Mobile is a problem but currently I have a nice workflow with two Orgzly widgets now, where I am replicating my bullet journal ways. If you want, I can expand on the details later when I get on my computer.

    3 votes
  10. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

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    I am totally in support of this! In my experience from books the time frame is not really important because people's lives have differing and modulating tempos, so you never know. I suggest using...

    I am totally in support of this! In my experience from books the time frame is not really important because people's lives have differing and modulating tempos, so you never know. I suggest using a generic title like "What are you up to these days?" and the contents of the topic delineating what is on- and off-topic.

    As to when to post, I think some time near the weekend is still better because those are the days that most people get creative about their plans. If you did it on Mondays, we'd surely get a lot of anti-Monday hate speech :)

    3 votes
  11. Comment on Discontinuing the "What are you doing this weekend?" topics in favor of a better format, starting Monday. Opinions and feedback welcome. in ~tildes

    cadadr Link Parent
    That is not the way to go. Putting an idea forth like this before starting posting allows us to first discuss and perfect it and also internalise it, which lead to an optimal feature that gets...

    Go for it. You don't need to explain it or justify yourself. If you have an idea for posts you want to make on Tildes, just make them.

    That is not the way to go. Putting an idea forth like this before starting posting allows us to first discuss and perfect it and also internalise it, which lead to an optimal feature that gets decent participation.

    These are not belong to @hungariantoast but to the community anyways. Like the threads over at ~books that I do, it totally belongs to the community at this point, and I am nothing but the guy that has the responsibility of starting them. This means the community should have the say on whether they want these features and how they are done.

    6 votes
  12. Comment on Announcing GitHub Sponsors: a new way to contribute to open source in ~comp

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    Hopefully Gitlab won't be late to launch their own version of this. IIRC Reddit is launching something similar for their users too. There is also https://www.brew.com/ which specialises in...

    Hopefully Gitlab won't be late to launch their own version of this. IIRC Reddit is launching something similar for their users too. There is also https://www.brew.com/ which specialises in podcasts. I think this sort of specialisation in recurring pledges is nice, it allows for diversifying one's revenue streams and increases discoverability and potential to support given most devs and many OSS users will already have Github accounts, or those who want to support redditors will already have reddit accounts. Whereas if you use Patreon, you're asking your audience to start a new account and learn to use a brand new service, which is a serious enough barrier.

    I think this is great news. I have one project that has what I think has up to around a hundred or so users, and I'll be launching a new thing that might get something near that or even catch on and be popular. If it could end up even buying me a couple cups of coffee a month, I'd really appreciate it.

    3 votes
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  14. Comment on Tildistas, what is your favorite poem? in ~books

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    Fernando Pessoa, Cemal Süreya, Asaf Halet Çelebi, Orhan Veli Kanık and Cesare Pavese are among my favourites. I realise now that most poetry I read is in Turkish, which is sad. I really should...

    Fernando Pessoa, Cemal Süreya, Asaf Halet Çelebi, Orhan Veli Kanık and Cesare Pavese are among my favourites. I realise now that most poetry I read is in Turkish, which is sad. I really should read more in English, because to this day I've mostly taken it as a technical language, but there is beautiful original literature written in it.

    Süreya has such a unique style, so much power in building images with incredibly smart ways of bending Turkish grammar and juxtaposing words and concepts so smartly in such a surreal way. I translated one of his poems here (Turkish original), which is one of my favourites, but there are many more shockingly wonderful ones, translating which to any language would be a truly monumental task for any translator.

    From Pessoa, well, I love everything by him, but these couple of verses are among my favourites:

    Na vespera de não partir nunca
    Ao menos não ha que arrumar malas

    which I first read in a book by Tabucchi where it was included as an epigram. I couldn't find a translation, so here is my attempt:

    On the eve of not departing ever
    At least there is no packing to be done

    This piece is rather melancholic and negative, but for myself I take it more as a warning than advice: staying put is so bad that all there is to it that is good is not having to prepare to act.

    Pavese is so clear and beautiful. He has a certain overal rhythm to laying out his poem which I really love. Here are some translations. Cats will know is one of my favourites.

    Orhan Veli is synonymous with poetry in Turkish; in fact if you force someone unwilling to write poetry here you can be told "I'm not Orhan Veli, am I?", meaning "hey, I'm not a poet, don't expect much". He has a way of portraying reality---and he's generally interested in mundane reality---that is really expressive. I like his three epitaphs, Bird and Cloud, and many others. Quantitatif is one of my favourites, but this translation misses the double entendre that is at the heart of the poem:

    Güzel kadınları severim,
    İşçi kadınları da severim;
    Güzel işçi kadınları
    Daha çok severim.

    The penultimate verse can be interpreted "beautiful working women" as well as "women doing beautiful/good work". Which I take as a laconic celebration of women's empowerment as well as self-realisation.

    Asaf Halet is more on the mystic side, but he has a beautiful style, and his essays on poetry have been really formative for my appreciation of the art form. I don't have time to translate, and can't find any online, so I'll just copy-paste one of his works:

    İbrahîm

    ibrâhim
    içimdeki putları devir
    elindeki baltayla
    kırılan putların yerine
    yenilerini koyan kim

    güneş buzdan evimi yıktı
    koca buzlar düştü
    putların boyunları kırıldı
    ibrâhim
    güneşi evime sokan kim

    asma bahçelerinde dolaşan güzelleri
    buhtunnasır put yaptı
    ben ki zamansız bahçeleri kucakladım
    güzeller bende kaldı
    ibrâhim
    gönlümü put sanıp da kıran kim

    3 votes
  15. Comment on Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden in ~life

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    While I do agree, it may be the case that for the former, i.e. the macho type the dating market might be more approachable. Note that I'm talking about approachability, not success once the guy...

    I disagree with the point on men having to be manly guys to have successful dating lives.

    To the contrary, sensual/effeminate/metrosexual guys can be extremely successful in the dating world.

    While I do agree, it may be the case that for the former, i.e. the macho type the dating market might be more approachable. Note that I'm talking about approachability, not success once the guy does get a date. It may stem from sex appeal, or just that because it is a more external trait it is easier to notice. IDK. I am a heterosexual male, and I'm more attracted to style and charisma, yet I observe that a fit, stereotypically hot woman will often more easily begin to attract me, and first impressions are really strong (tho it's changing as I slowly sail along towards my 30s, I feel).

    3 votes
  16. Comment on Men Have No Friends and Women Bear the Burden in ~life

    cadadr Link Parent
    I am a heterosexual male person, and IMHO it is the "male person" part that makes me a man. I don't really assume that role with all the network of adjectives it brings about, though. It's heavy...

    We often see posts about the "crisis of masculinity" but rarely do these editorials actually broach the subject beyond ticking off a list of undesirable traits. What does it mean to be a man in modern society? What traits remain desirable? Is there a way for men to be "men" and remain in the good graces of society? Or is the only solution a sort of neutralization of masculinity?

    I am a heterosexual male person, and IMHO it is the "male person" part that makes me a man. I don't really assume that role with all the network of adjectives it brings about, though. It's heavy baggage.

    My general outlook is that slowly but steadily concepts like "man", "manhood", "masculinity", and many other sorts of social categories including but not limited to feminine counterparts of those listed and those like race, ethnicity, religion are becoming obsolete. We're, as a species, embracing complexity. And I'm enjoying that. What will remain of the "man" of the past centuries? Hopefully not much other than "person of a specific sex", and hopefully the same will happen to "woman" too.

    There has been an exponential increase in the visibility of others' realities to almost every subjective observer. Just like every black person is the same only to those who don't really see black people in their life, categories are only clear to those who are less exposed to those unlike themselves. Internet single-handedly breached all the walls of such isolation, which IMO leads to the situation above.

    Is there a need for "masculinity" or similar in such setting? I don't think so. Because, in any form it may come in, should it be something narrower than "like a male person", it excludes people for no apparent reason. It'll possibly become an archaic synonym for "human-male-like".

    2 votes
  17. Comment on Unlike men, women’s cognitive performance may improve at higher room temperature in ~science

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    I do agree and am sorry for behaving otherwise. My reaction was rather kneejerky.

    To be pedantic, I don't think that people posting articles are inherently supporting them or agreeing them and that's a supposition you have to take up with yourself. I think it's doing a disservice to any OP and the content itself in assuming why they posted it.

    I do agree and am sorry for behaving otherwise. My reaction was rather kneejerky.

    6 votes
  18. Comment on Unlike men, women’s cognitive performance may improve at higher room temperature in ~science

    cadadr Link Parent
    I don't think there is such risk. The risk is that stuff like this might hinder the reception of other research on gender/sex. I generally desire that the bar for what passes for science be...

    The risk of encouraging an anti-men sentiment seems pretty low.

    I don't think there is such risk. The risk is that stuff like this might hinder the reception of other research on gender/sex. I generally desire that the bar for what passes for science be higher.

    I'm no authority on what is posted on Tildes, and really I am not interested in refuting the research. Guess my original comment was a gut reaction to encountering something like this, and the article itself, and didn't give much thought to what sort of discussion can arise around it, so, sorry about that. But my personal opinion is that articles that are of similar fashion to this (questionable sex-based comparisons of people, almost pseudoscientific reserch methods, clickbaity "findings") are low-quality content, and the intent to discuss it rather than to endorse it should be made obvious through a top-level OP comment, IMHO.

    2 votes
  19. Comment on What are you reading these days? #20 in ~books

    cadadr Link Parent
    No need at all to feel out of place here, we're all for diversity of content in this recurring feature. There clearly are some tendencies, e.g. sci-fi, fantasy, tech-oriented self-help and tech...

    I always feel out of place in these discussions, so many people talking about some non-fiction or psychological books and all I'm doing here is reading normal old fiction. But here we go, with mostly stuff I didn't like or overly enjoy.

    No need at all to feel out of place here, we're all for diversity of content in this recurring feature. There clearly are some tendencies, e.g. sci-fi, fantasy, tech-oriented self-help and tech books are big, but that just represents the folks here in Tildes: early adopters of this sort of platforms will tend to be techies, and they tend to like techy fiction and tech literature itself. But the number of participants that talk about texts more to the other end of the spectrum (like more complex fiction, poetry, philosophy, historical texts, etc.), and from the non-Anglophone parts of the world are slowly---perhaps too slowly---increasing, including e.g. yours truly, @iiv or @alyaza (off the top of my head), and that's something I really welcome. Just like @Algernon_Asimov strives for a less tech-oriented Tildes, I want to try and cultivate a more diverse set of postings here from many genres, traditions and languages, but it is hard to go against the grain.

    TL;DR that there are some clear tendencies should not discourage posters that don't fit in to those, this is about anything longform that you read, including journals people follow, audiobooks, podcasts and even webcomics.

    1 vote